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BENEDICK

Count Claudio?

BENEDICK

Claudio?

CLAUDIO

155Yea, the same.

CLAUDIO

Yes, that’s me.

BENEDICK

Come, will you go with me?

BENEDICK

Will you come with me?

CLAUDIO

Whither?

CLAUDIO

Where?

BENEDICK

Even to the next willow, about your own business, county.
What fashion will you wear the garland of? About your
160neck like an usurer’s chain? Or under your arm like a
lieutenant’s scarf? You must wear it one way, for the Prince
hath gat your Hero.

BENEDICK

Right over to that

willow tree

The willow tree is a symbol of unrequited love.

willow tree
to see about your business. How do you want to wear your garland of willow leaves? Around your neck, like a moneylender’s gold chain, or under your arm, like a lieutenant’s sash? You have to wear it somehow, because the Prince has gotten your Hero.

CLAUDIO

I wish him joy of her.

CLAUDIO

I hope he enjoys her.

BENEDICK

Why, that’s spoken like an honest drover; so they sell
165bullocks. But did you think the Prince would have served
you thus?

BENEDICK

You sound like a cattle dealer: that’s the way they sell bulls. But do you really think the Prince would treat you that way?

CLAUDIO

I pray you, leave me.

CLAUDIO

Please, leave me alone.

BENEDICK

Ho, now you strike like the blind man. 'Twas the boy that
stole your meat, and you’ll beat the post.

BENEDICK

Look at you, thrashing about like a blind man. A boy robbed you, but you’ll beat up the post instead.

CLAUDIO

170If it will not be, I’ll leave you.

CLAUDIO

If you won’t leave, then I’ll leave.
Exit
He exits.